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Dr Lobsang Tsetim bags British Medical Journal Award

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ITANAGAR: Dr Lobsang Tsetim has given sight to hundreds of poor blind people in Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr Lobsang Tsetim, an ophthalmologist from Itanagar, has brought laurels to his native place by receiving the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) South Asia Award-2017.

Dr Tsetim has been selected by an eminent jury from reputed institutes of UK, India and South Asia for his outstanding achievement in the outreach surgical eye camps in Arunachal Pradesh.

In Dr Tsetim's comprehensive eye care programme, hundreds of blind people in remote areas of the state have had their sights restored.

The award was presented to Dr Tsetim in a glittering function by Ashwini Kumar Choubey, India's Minister of State for Health.

Dr Tsetim is the Head of the Department of ophthalmology at Rama Krishna Mission Hospital in Itanagar for the past 13 years.

The BMJ Awards identifies individuals and teams that have ‘established an exemplary commitment to the practice of medicine in the South Asian region’.

Arunachal Pradesh lacks basic eye care facilities at the primary level. Across its 21 districts, only 11 facilities have surgical eye care and basic diagnostic equipment. Patients from remote areas are unable to travel to places that have such facilities, due to geographical problems and low economic status.

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